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Frozen Aliens and Superpowers

Published: 20 June 2014Origin: Engineering

To mark National Women in Engineering Day, Design and Technology students from Cowes Enterprise College, IOW, will be learning about ‘Frozen Aliens and Superpowers’ at the University of Southampton on Monday 23 June.

Female STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassadors from the University will give the 15 students hands-on workshops, using liquid nitrogen to demonstrate the uses of cryogenics and various aspects of engineering from material properties to engineering design.

The topics of electricity, superconductivity, electrical power generation and transmission, now and in the future, will also be covered. To understand the role of civil engineers and the impact they have on our towns, the students will also have the opportunity to try and build the tallest tower possible using jelly beans and cocktail sticks. The workshop will finish with the ever-popular levitating magnet demonstration.

The college students will also get tours of engineering labs and workshops, including the Testing and Structures Research Laboratory, the Engineering Design and Manufacturing Centre (EDMC) and Scientific Glassblowing Workshop.

Jessica Spurrell, Postgraduate Research Student from the University's Institute of Cryogenics, who is leading the event, says: "The demonstrations will be preceded by a brief look at women who have pioneered science and engineering research for centuries, from Ada Lovelace to Lene Hau, and why it is so important that today's women are encouraged to follow in their footsteps.

"This is included in every workshop and it's not just for events such as Women in Engineering Day, as it carries an important message that is relevant all year round to all students, irrespective of gender."

The event has been organised by the University's Equality and Diversity Committee.


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Notes for editors

1. Members of the media are invited to attend the event, either during the lab and workshop tours from 10.30am to 12 noon or for the hand-on demonstrations from 1.30 to 2pm. Please contact Glenn Harris in Media Relations to confirm.

2. Through world-leading research and enterprise activities, the University of Southampton connects with businesses to create real-world solutions to global issues. Through its educational offering, it works with partners around the world to offer relevant, flexible education, which trains students for jobs not even thought of. This connectivity is what sets Southampton apart from the rest; we make connections and change the world.


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Glenn Harris, Media Relations, University of Southampton, Tel 023 8059 3212, email, Twitter: @glennh75

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